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Tesco Lotus opens Asia’s first zero-carbon store in Thailand
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THAILAND is home to Asia’s first zero-carbon hypermarket, launched by the local subsidiary of UK-based grocery chain Tesco Ltd. Opened last month, the store is said to reaffirm the group’s commitment to be a zero-carbon business by 2050.

Located in Bang Pra, the Chon Buri province of Thailand, the new Tesco Lotus store features a number of cutting-edge eco-friendly technologies, such as wind turbines, lower wattage LED lighting, hydro-carbon powered fridges, and rammed earth walls that are less carbon-intensive to produce than concrete or steel walls. Additionally, the store will harvest rainwater to be used for car wash and toilet facilities.

“We are proud to have opened the first zero-carbon store in Asia. It’s particularly fitting that it has opened in Thailand, as it is home to the first Tesco Environment store, which opened in 2004,” Helen Fleming, Tesco Group’s climate change director, said in a statement.

The company also disclosed that excess energy products by the wind turbine and solar farm will be fed back to the grid, and will use biogas made from waste for food preparations in the store.

“Our climate-change programme is central to the way we do business — not only are our actions good for the environment, they also make good business sense. Our energy-efficient measures reduce costs in the business by about £200 million (US$308 million) each year,” she continued.

Other eco-initiatives that Tesco Lotus has rolled out include the use of biodiesel in its distribution fleet, the opening of eco-stores in Thailand, as well as tree-planting initiatives in national parks throughout the country.

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